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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY - ALBUM NO. 30
Dear Friends,
After a long pause here I send you the latest photo album of the Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill - Canada. You will notice that the landscaping work is complete and we have put two remote controlled automatic gates at the main entrance and at rare entrance of the monastery. It is interesting to note that we have had quite a good number of students and people who wanted to come and spend their time at Carmel Hill; we have tuned down their requests as we are yet to complete the work. We are waiting eagerly to get the completion certificate and occupancy certificate from FVRD who are eager to see the work is completed. We are grateful to them. We are yet to furnish the rooms. The construction inside the monastery is almost complete and the commercial kitchen work is on right now. A Generator for 24 hours uninterrupted power supply has been already installed in the last week of January. Enjoy the photos clicking the link below:

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY ALBUM NO. 29
Dear Friends,
Here I send you the missing album no. 29. This album photos clicked between January 15th and February 2nd (2016). The main focus in this album is installing the generator to the monastery for 24X7 power supply. There was a major shift of the methane gas tank from near the monastery to another location as the fire department wanted it to be away from the monastery. Enjoy the photos.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY ALBUM NO. 28
Dear Friends,
On November 27th the workers at Little Flower Monastery were given a grand lunch arranged by Helen. We thanked the workers for their dedication and hard work. Mr. Dennis Cadrain introduced us and Fr. Rudolf expressed words of gratitude. On this occasion Francis Wong and Stewart Hayashi were present to enhance our joy. Fr. Rajesh and Bro. Joseph Giroux contributed their share to make this gathering vibrant.
Here are a few photos of the ongoing landscaping around the monastery. When completed this campus will look extraordinarily beautiful and neat.
Enjoy the photos

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada,
www.cccsocd.ca

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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY BY NIGHT: ALBUM NO 27
Dear Friends,
Good morning. I am pleased to send you the latest photos of the Little Flower Monastery ongoing work. A few important things to keep in mind. First of all you will find a big green tank outside the building that is meant for propane gas for the use of the monastery; cooking and for the house heating system. There is also another wooden closet which is prepared for a generator in case of power failure. Recently due to heavy storm there was two hours power cut and this could happen in this mountainous area during autumn and winter. The landscaping work has begun around the monastery which will be completed within a month from now. You will see around the monastery the yellow posts or you can call them pillars which are for beauty as well as for roof support. The parking lot in front of the building is almost complete. Shortly two automatic gates will be installed both at the lower entrance and at Alfred Horie Company entrance which is the immediate entrance as we move up to our facility from highway 7. The interior work of another 10 rooms is yet to be completed. Enjoy the photos: click the link below

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society - CANADA
www.cccsocd.ca
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INSTALLATION OF THE NEW PASTOR AT ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH - AGASSIZ - BC CANADA
The installation of Rev. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas at St. Anthony of Padua parish as Pastor was celebrated on November 1st, All Saints Day. Most Rev. J. Michael Miller CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver presided over the celebration and Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza concelebrated. The Eucharistic Celebration was solemn with the Knights of Columbus marching towards the Altar and saluting the celebrants. During the Homily Archbishop congratulated Fr. Steny and highlighted his duties towards his flock and requested him to tend his flock with care and concern. After the Homily the solemn installation ceremony was conducted introducing the new Pastor to the pulpit, confessional, to Baptismal font, to the entrance of the Church, to the Altar, to the Tabernacle and then to his seat. All this happened while Archbishop recited the prayers of installation. During the felicitation program in the Church itself two sisters were felicitated: Rev. Sr. Kitty and Sr. Theresa of the Little Flower Congregation as they were very actively involved in their apostolate among the Native Indians. Rev. Fr. Rudolf encouraged Fr. Steny to bring unity and harmony among the parishioners and to sow the seed of God's Love among them and he cracked a joke indicating that at the evening of our life we will be asked to spell a password to enter heaven and that password should be "Love" and not any other complicated word like "Czechoslovakia". After the mass Fr. Steny invited 170 parishioners and guests to a great sumptuous meal. The whole ceremony and celebration ended at 1 pm which had begun at 10.30 am. We congratulate Fr. Steny for being the third Carmelite Pastor in Vancouver Archdiocese.
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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF FR. JERALD D'SOUZA OCD AT ST. EDMUND'S COMMUNITY ON NOVEMBER 5TH at 7 pm
The Grand Birthday celebration of Fr. Jerald D'Souza was held at St. Edmund's Community North Vancouver at 7 pm on November 5th. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas from Agazziz, Bro. Joseph Giroux from Little Flower Monastery Deroche and Guardian Angels Community members Fr. Rudy and Fr. Rajesh were present. The Celebration began by turning Water into Wine and the sumptuous banquet that was prepared by Fr. Jerry's friends from his parish was ready on table. Fr. Rajesh praised Fr. Jerry in 5 words of wisdom: J that stands for JOY; E stands for ENCOURAGEMENT; R stands for RESPECT and R stands for REJOICING and finally Y stands for YEARNING FOR GOD. Fr. Rajesh said he is a perfect Carmelite who combines in himself both Carmelite Spirituality and Spirit of Christ himself in his life. Bro. Joseph was the official photographer. Gifts were lavished on Fr. Jerry and balloons smashed during this joyous occasion.
Thank you Fr. Jerry
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelites
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY BY NIGHT: ALBUM NO 26
Dear Friends,
So far we have been posting photos of the Little Flower Monastery taken during daylight, now you will really enjoy the photos taken during night time. Recently we received power to the facility but the external lighting and landscaping yet to happen. Once that is done you will get a better picture of this campus. Now the BC Hydro has just installed lights for night vigilance and to brighten up the campus to keep away a few night visitors to the facility; I mean the Deers and Grizzly Bears. Hope you enjoy these photos:

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.cccsocd.ca
   
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INAUGURATION OF LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY AT CARMEL HILL - VANCOUVER - CANADA

Dear Friends,
Today is the day October 15th, 2015, the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. We the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province in India and in Canada are grateful to God and to all of you for coming here to participate in our joy at the inauguration of Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill. Our hearts turn to God for his providence, inspiration and guidance. We wholeheartedly thank Helen Chua Tiampo who generously contributed towards this whole project in memory of her loving parents Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo. This is the first ever monastery by the Karnataka Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelites established in Canada - Vancouver.

The day was a sunny a beautiful day indeed. The guest arrived at the site by 10 buses and many other guests arrived by their own private vehicles. It was estimated that around 700 people were present for the event and 50 priest and three bishops for the liturgical celebrations. It was a fantastic celebration that highlighted the features of Karnataka Goa Province. Rev. Fr. Charle Serrao Provincial delivered a wonderfully prepared message, followed by a prophetic message from our previous provincial Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD. Archbishop Michael encouraged the congregation to pray for this facility that it may cater to future vocations and to spread Carmelites Spirituality. After the Holy Eucharistic celebration the Souvenir of Carmel Hill was released by Bishop Monreo and Helen release Fr. Rudolf's book THE WAY LESS TRAVELLED.

A wonderful meal was prepared by John Carlos and Company. Everyone was happy and enjoyed this unique occasion.

We thank our Archbishop Most Reverend J. Michael Miller CSB for his wholehearted support in granting us permission to begin this project and for his continued encouragement. We are grateful also to Most Reverend F. B. Henry ( Bishop Calgary Diocese) and Most Reverend David J. Monroe Bishop of Kamloops for their valuable presence, prayers and blessings on this occasion.

Our Provincial Fr. Charles Serrao OCD present amidst us today to witness this great event along with our previous Provincial Fr. Archibald R. Gonsalves OCD who actually encouraged us to have a house of our own in Canada during his many visits in the last few years. We are grateful to their support and prayers.

We want to acknowledge the co-operation extended to us by the Fraser Valley Rural Development Authority for their support and permissions for developing this property was represented by David Bennet. We appreciate the tireless efforts by the Architect John Clark and his assistant Paul Owens in designing this beautiful edifice of God. The Alfred Horie Construction Company have achieved this feat within a whopping 8 months time is remarkable indeed and deserves our congratulations and applause. Our special thanks go to Steve Paone and his team; in a very concrete way to Dennis Cadrain (Site Superintendent); Allen, Mark, Robert and other wonderful workers. We are grateful to Darrell Wickstrom for his tireless efforts at granting us timely advise on this project. Steve Creighton helped us to co-ordinate the whole event of this celebration. We thank Francis Wong who was instrumental in coordinating the entire progress of the building work. Stewart Hayashi was also instrumental in getting us the Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society along with Francis Wong. We also acknowledge the presence of Mr. Ben Kernan from Florida; and Pam Prior, Emmet McGrath, Mr. Kent and others who contributed their share towards making this event a memorable one. We thank the guest priest who came from Rome: Fr. Ivan Pinto, Fr. Lawrence D'Mello and Fr. Manoj Braganza. We thank the local news papers and especially BC Catholic for their coverage of this event. We thank Rizalina Geronimo, Jennifer Po and Oscar Geronimo for their support and help. Especially we thank our Carmelites Fr. Jerald D'Souza, Fr. Rajesh Madtha, Bro. Joseph Giroux and Fr. Jason for their help and support. We also thank all the Carmelites who came from different regions of Canada.
We thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. May God be praised through all these works for his glory. We continue to pray for Helen's health and may God grant her long life and happiness.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada

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Dear Friends,
Here are the speeches delivered on the day of the inauguration of the little flower monastery. You will enjoy them.



BRITISH COLUMBIA CATHOLIC NEWS PAPER REPORT ON LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY INAUGURATION

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25TH ALBUM: CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS OF LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY
Watch these photos for fun. A lot of work had to be completed before the inauguration. The photos go from September 29th till October 9th. You will get a glimpse of the progress and hard work of workers.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Regional Superior - Canada
 
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ALBUM NO. 24 - LITTLE FLOWER CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS
Photos clicked between September 28th and following indicate the ground was ready with sand and rubbles for concreting. The sign-bearing huge stone was moved to the centre and the round about was being architecturally planned. More details in the photos.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada
 
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ALBUM NO. 23 - CONSTRUCTION OF LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY PROGRESS PHOTO ALBUM
These photos clicked before the inauguration will be posted on website to complete the series of the photographs for record. These photos clicked between September 24-25th as the work progressed. During this time the work force concentrated on the compound to be ready for the inauguration. It had to be concreted and the road had to be asphalted.

Thank you
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Regional Superior - Canada
 
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ALBUM NO. 22: LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS
Dear Friends,
In this album you will notice we are close to the inauguration of the building. In fact a bit of explanation is required here. You will see the the building walls, I mean the wooden walls are covered with red and ash colour tiles. Before putting those tiles they covered the entire building walls with a plastic type of paper and then they put a sort of thick insulation material and after that they have installed these tiles. This is a very strong protection to wooden walls against adverse weather conditions like water, moisture, fire and other natural causes that could damage the walls. After these security measures the walls are safe. Enjoy this album.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
   
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ALBUM NO. 21: Little Flower Monastery Construction Progress Photos
Dear Friends,
Here is the album number 21. I send you these photos after the inauguration of the building. We had gathered at the site for arranging sound system and other details for the program. Fr. Jerald D'Souza along with some of his parishioners had come to inspect the place for sound system arrangements. That day we had a beautiful visitor to our property, a young deer was grazing just a few yards from our building. That was a great sight to behold.
Enjoy the photos:

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
   
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Fr. Charles Serrao begins Pastoral Visitation in Canada
On October 6th 2015 Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD (Provincial) landed at YVR International Airport Vancouver at 2.10 pm. Fr. Rudolf escorted him to Guardian Angels Rectory. After a short time of rest at 6.30 pm Fr. Jerald D’Souza superior at St. Edmund’s community arranged a great dinner. During this short meeting over this delicious dinner Fr. Charles Serrao shared some important details of the recent concluding St. Teresa’s V Birth Centenary celebrations held in Vailankanni. Fr. Provincial left for Prince George on October 7th early morning for pastoral visitation and he will be visiting Kilowna and Calgary before he lands back in Vancouver on October 11th.
 
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20TH PHOTO ALBUM OF THE WORK PROGRESS PHOTOS OF THE LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY AT CARMEL HILL - BC - CANADA
Dear Friends,
Here I send you the 20th photo album of the work progress of the Little Flower Monastery. By now a number of invitations have been sent to our friends and Carmelite family members. The work is satisfactory according to the contractor and we will get there on time for the inauguration. Just a few days ago BC Hydro installed electrical connection and water connection. You can see at the north end of the property a huge tank is processed underground which regulates the flow of water to the facility. When the building externally looks almost complete a lot of interior design is pending and moreover furnishing is to be completed as well. That does not discourage us but we need to intensify our efforts. We have ordered some Chapel items from Belgium and pews from Toronto. Some more items are on the way. The paving of the ground in front of the building will be partially done before the inauguration; but the ground will be levelled for this event most certainly.
All the best and more to come in the next few days

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, www.carmelhill.ca
   
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OUR MONASTERY WILL LOOK LIKE THIS WHEN COMPLETED
Dear Friends,
Our monastery will look like this when completed. This is the latest artwork which is typical reproduction of the would be building construction. All the best.

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada: www.carmelhill.ca


LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY -DEREOCHE ROAD BC CANADA
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 19
Dear Friends,
Here I bring you the 19th album of our construction work progress photos. At this point the entire structure of our monastery is complete. Now the interior design work and the final insulation of the roof work will start shortly. The big kangaroo crane will be removed in another two days from in front of the building. Then the campus levelling work will begin. Lots of work is pending but the contractor is quite confident to finish the job before October 15th. Here in Canada especially in the West Coast the climate has gradually become sober and the temperature is quite pleasant. The workers at our campus feel comforted due to change in the climatic conditions. We all look forward to this wonderful day of the inauguration on October 15th at 11 am. Fr. Jerald D'Souza has already mailed invitations to more than 170 destinations: parishes, convents and religious houses in Canada. We have also mailed a copy of the invitation to the Province Website and the Province Secretary has sent to all the members of the Province a personal invitation through email. Mrs. Molly Dias is working at the Souvenir to be released on the occasion. Helen Chua Tiampo has already imported Mass Vestments for the occasion and each priest will be gifted with one vestment in remembrance of this great event. We continue to pray that this program will be a great success in the Vancouver Archdiocese.

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada. www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 18
Dear Friends,
Good morning. Hope you had a wonderful week. Here in Canada it is summer and in India it is monsoon season. These are the photos of our construction at Carmel Hill. You can see in this album the work is in real progress and the workers are catching up with the task at hand with the deadline in their mind. All looks good. You can see for yourself the progress that is achieved in just 5 months from February 24th 2015 onwards.

I enclose here also a report of the Architect who has given an explanation for the wooden structure, which is not well understood in Asian countries as we asian are all accustomed to concrete structures. As I have seen here in North America 75% of the structures are made in wood and only in big cities if the structures have to be multi-storeyed they are constructed in concrete and glass. The explanation in the attached sheet is self explanatory and also in accordance with the teaching of Pope Francis who has given a clarion call to protect environment in his encyclical: LAUDATO SI.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada, www.camelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 17
Dear Friends,
We are in mid-summer. I want to bring you the latest news and updates of Carmel Hill Canada. The construction work is on and in full swing. The contractors have an uphill task to finish the job on time. We all pray for them. Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD is keeping them happy with GAUDEMUS every alternative day after their work offering them snacks and coffee. I visited the site with Helen a number of times and each time when we enter our campus something new is ready to be seen. I am enclosing the latest photo album and you will enjoy it. Someone commented that this construction looks like a cardboard edifice; but you are wrong. This type of construction is very popular in USA and Canada and also in many parts of Europe. It is said that in UK they are building a 10 storey building with this material. The CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) has a life time of 150-200 years; and it is low cost maintenance and strong. Our contractor once said that if the concrete buildings can last 100 years, the CLT material building will last more than 150 years. Well, after these 150 years certainly there will be new technology to rebuild Carmel Hill with brand new generation of Carmelites who perhaps will think of putting up 25 to 30 storey Monasteries and preach God's Kingdom from the top of these high-rise monasteries.
All the best and God bless

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada. www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 16
Dear Friends,
We are slowly getting there towards the completion of the monastery work. Yet a lot work is to be done. On this day when we celebrate Mount Carmel Feast we are getting a glimpse of the chapel of the Monastery. Partial roofing is done and the workers will begin mounting the panels and planks on the other side of the monastery shortly. All looks good. We are in process of preparing a souvenir for the inauguration of our monastery on October 15th; and we are bringing out the first edition of CARMEL HILL bulletin on this day of the Solemnity of Our Blessed Mother of Carmel July 16th, 2015. Wish you a wonderful feast and do continue to pray for the completion of this maiden foundation in Canada. We request you all to utter a prayer for the intentions of the donor.
Have a great day and wish you a HAPPY FEAST OF MOUNT CARMEL.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada: www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 15
Dear Friends,
Hope you had a wonderful week. Here in BC Canada its hot and summer is simmering. At times we have wonderful weather too. BC is suffering due to 128 forest fires. That is why it is hazy and smokey. Here I bring you the latest photos of our construction. It all looks good and progressing. We are yet to receive 4 huge loads of CLT wood from Germany. We have already received 6 trucks. The towing company has to help these trucks to get to our place from the the main highway no. 7. You can see in the photos the towing machines doing their job. We had a great time yesterday to supervise the work that is going on. The workers and the engineering teams are upbeat. Mr. Dennis and Mr. Allan are very hopeful to finish the job on time. They say that they have to work hard and at times overtime too. But it all looks promising. Please click the link below for more clear picture of the progress of the work in album no. 15

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 14
Dear Friends,
I am pleased to bring you the 14th Album of the construction progress photos of Little Flower Monastery at 10789 North Deroche Road, British Columbia (Canada). After the foundation work the next phase of construction work began in the second week of June (2015). The CLT wood from Germany has to be assembled and put in place. The huge Kangaroo Crane will do its job; nonetheless it will take approximately another 5 weeks for its completion of the task. Then perhaps we have the next phase of construction: interior of the building. So far so good; and looking forward to completing this huge task in the first week of October this year. We thank Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD for taking care of the premises 24 hours.

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 13
Dear Friends,
Here I send you Album no. 13 from Vancouver - Canada. Work progress is intense and the expected loads of wood from Germany has arrived. We have received 3 huge trucks load of CLT wood and 7 more trucks are on their way. In just 5 weeks you will see the hidden monastery mushrooming up which so far was hidden with all the foundation work, piping, cabling and sewage and other systems being installed underground. We hope this album will give you a better idea of the work progress at the site.

Wishing you all the best
Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca


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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 12
Dear Friends,
Here are the latest photos of our construction work. Now the foundation is concreted and finished. A few days it will be sprayed with water for settling and strengthening the concrete surface. The next move is to wait for the ready made wooden walls and roof of the building; probable date for the consignment to arrive is the second week of this month. You can have an idea how far we have progressed in this project. For more details click the link to the photo album number 12:

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 11
Dear Friends,
Here I update you with the 11th Album of the Construction of the Formation House Progress Photos. As the Architect John Clarke said this morning that the walls and roof of the Formation house are on the way from Germany, it is a special kind of wood that does not burn in case of fire. Moreover, these walls are so strong and flexible that one can put any number of nails into it and still it can be made to appear brand new. We can drill a hole and refill it with a special wood material and can look as it were nothing is damaged. These walls are 5- 6 inch thick and strong. In other words these wooden walls are called CLT wooden blocks imported from Germany. Once the walls come to the site it will take the contractors to fix them in 3-4 weeks and then to the fix the roof will take another 2 weeks. Hence, by the end of July this year the structure should be ready and then the work of fixing the doors and windows and other finishing job will begin.

Sincerely

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca

   
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LITTLE FLOWER FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS PHOTOS - 10
Dear Friends,
Here you have the 10th Photo Album of our Formation House Construction Work Progress. You can see the work progressing steadily and material is arriving on site practically everyday. Bro. Joseph is taking good care of the property and is very keen on locking the gates and opening the gates for the workers. He must also keep vigil at night because of the heavy machinery that is there in the campus. You will see a big boulder which will be moved to the centre of the lawn in front of the monastery and a brass plaque will be placed in honour of the parents of Helen.

Enjoy the Photos:

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada
   
LITTLE FLOWER FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 10


FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 9
Dear Friends,
Here is the latest update on the construction work of Formation House at North Deroche Road, Fraser Valley District - British Columbia (Canada). A lot of cable laying work is going on. The toughest job so far has been the landscaping and removing huge boulders from the campus area. Hereafter beautifying work will begin. You can see the fire hydrant is already in place and water pipes are laid from the District Municipality water supply unit. After they give cable connections from the bottom of the foundation upwards as the floor heating system is to be set concreting task will take place as a portion of the foundation is already laid with concrete.

Hope you will enjoy these photos.

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada
   
FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 9


FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 8
Dear Friends,
Here are the latest construction progress photos of the Formation House in Canada. The foundation work along with heating piping system and sewer piping work is almost completes. We are expecting a whole load of wood from Germany at the end of this month, which is called CLT 5 layered wood that would constitute the walls of the house. Other works in the campus such as water supply, electricity supply and landscaping is going on. Hope you will enjoy these photos

With best regards
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 8


FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 7
Dear Friends,
As you can see through this album the work is progressing well. The water connection and sewer connections are done. You will find a green and a red coloured huge tanks; they are meant for purifying the sewer water and will lead to a flat area where it is neutralized electrically and that water is used for gardening or for irrigating plants. Besides we also got the electrical connection what we call in India - Three Phased connection - for our Monastery. Moreover, we have completed the work of the water and heating connections beneath the foundation and you will find all those black pipes protruding upwards which will be connected to 20 self contained rooms, halls and the chapel. We hope and pray that this task will be accomplished on time. The ready-made walls of the formation house are imported from Germany and as per the information we have gathered they should reach the site in the first week of June this year. We continue to pray for the successful completion of this project.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada
   

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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 7


CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (6) April 1st to 8th, 2015
Dear Friends,
Here are the latest photos of our construction in Canada. The work progress is rapid and looks like an hectic zone. The plumbing work has begun and also the water line progress is on from the municipality. The huge pipes at the site gives an impression of the quickness of the work taking place. We request your continued prayers for the successful completion of the work.
 
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CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (5) March 26th to 30th, 2015
Here are the latest photos of the Construction site at Carmel Hill, Canada. The foundation work is on and the concrete is being poured. The bulldozers ate at work digging a trench for the water supply from the municipality tank to the construction site. The rapid progress will transform the site into an active zone for the ongoing work of the Formation House.
Wishing you all a JOYOUS EASTER AND THE PEACE OF THE RISEN CHRIST.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
 
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CONSTRUCTION SITE REPORT PHOTOS 4 (MARCH 23RD TO 26TH, 2015)

Dear Friends,
Here are the progress photos of the Construction of the Formation House in Canada (construction site progress photos 4). These photos will let you know exactly in one month duration the foundation for the construction is being laid in a place where it was thick forest and approximately 3 metres hill and mud has been brought down to the level of the existing house nearby. If you see the site blessing photos on February 24th (Construction site progress photos 1) and now (March 26th) you will notice the rapid progress of the work and the amount of soil moved to another location nearby.

Wishes and Prayers
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
 
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CARMEL HILL REPORT from Canada (19-03-2015)
Dear Friends, here are the latest photos of the construction site at Carmel Hill. This is the fourth album (CARMEL HILL PHOTO REPORT 4). When you see the photos, at the right side you will find a caption on some photos explaining the right angle of the monastery. You will find in some photos the entire mountain at the background and the levelled area in front of it. That is the place where we build our monastery. In fact the mountain will be the real background of our monastery practically at the centre. Hence, Carmel Hill name very well suits this landscape. Next week we will see some activity of the real foundation being laid. Partial material has been arriving at the site. We also found some huge boulders in the foundation area which will be blasted shortly. Enjoy the photos.
 
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CARMEL HILL REPORT from Canada (12-03-2015)
Here are the photos of the work progress at Carmel Hill (Canada). We obtained the official building permit today, which you will find on the yellow sheet. The work is on full swing and workers enthusiastic. Bro. Josef OCD at the site can be contacted through the following numbers: Carmel Hill (604 820 2400) and Josef's personal number: 604 500 9659).

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CARMEL HILL - BLESSING CEREMONY OF THE FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION SITE
The Blessing ceremony of the construction site of the Little Flower Formation House cum Spirituality Centre was solemnly conducted by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza on his 28th Priestly Ordination Anniversary on February 24th at 11.30 am. Alfred Horie Construction Company had its equipment at site, and Mr. Steve Paone the chief Managing Director directed the cranes to uproot approximately 100 mighty trees symbolically to begin the construction work at the site immediately. Members from Guardian Angels Parish, Secretary Riz Geronimo, Oscar and Heidi; members from St. Edmond's Parish and Secular Carmelites Molly Dias, Marylynn, and Susan - Larry were present. Mr. Francis Wong the accountant and Mr. Stewart Hayashi the investment in charge were present to grace the occasion. Click here for more


Fr. Provincial's Visit to Canada
On 24th October 2014 Rev. Fr. Provincial arrived in Vancouver and began his visitation at St. Edmund’s Church Community. 27th evening a grand celebration was organised at St. Edmund’s Church to solemnly begin the meeting of all the Carmelites. The Secular Carmelites with the parish team arranged the liturgy and Fr. Charles being the main celebrant, Fr. Rudolf preached the homily. Fr. Jerald D’souza the Superior of the community introduced each priest of Canada Region and offered a token of love to each member. At the end of the mass all sang Salve Regina and the days program ended with a sumptuous meal served by St. Edmund’s community. Click here for more



 

GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY OF LITTLE FLOWER FORMATION HOUSE, FRASER VALLEY, CANADA
WWell begun is half done! The Canadian Carmelites of the Karnataka-Goa Province (India) under the leadership of Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza have taken another bold leap. The ground breaking ceremony of LITTLE FLOWER Formation House at Fraser Valley, North Deroche Road 10789 was held on 27th December 2013, the Birthday of our generous and benevolent benefactor Helen Chua Tiampo. Though the day began with incessant rains making it difficult for the invitees to reach the destination on time; providentially it all subsided when the ceremony began.  Click here for more



 

NEW BOOK : AND IT YIELDED A HUNDREDFOLD
“In the Liturgical Year A in the Catholic Church’s lectionary of Scripture readings for Mass, the Gospel passage almost every Sunday is taken from St. Matthew. In the New Testament we meet St. Matthew only indirectly through the Gospel that bears his name. Matthew’s Gospel is one of the longest books in the New Testament and has exercised great influence in Christian life over the centuries. It has even been called the most important book ever written. Fr. Rudolf has already published Homilies for Cycle B and C and now with this publication the Cycle becomes complete. Though there are a number of books published to assist Catholic Preachers, the compendium of Fr. Rudolf is one of its kind, a treasure to be stored in the book shelf of every preacher.”: Rev. Dr. Archibald Gonsalves, OCD, President: IPCI; Provincial: Karnataka Goa Province.  Click here for more



 

CANADIAN CARMELITES ANNUAL MEETING AT HAMILTON (ONTARIO)
The Annual meeting of the Canadian Carmelites was held this time at Hamilton (Ontario). Rev. Fr. Jerome and Fr. Vijay Martin were the hosts. The meeting began with the approval of the report of the last year's annual meeting. The meeting ended with a picnic to Niagara Falls with a over night stay in a Hotel Marriot.
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VESTITION OF TWO OF OUR NOVICES AT SAN JOSE - CALIFORNIA PROVINCE
7th September 2013 was a great day for the Canadian Carmelites as two of the candidates to our region entered the novitiate after their successful postulancy experience for 6 months. Bro. Josef Giroux and Fr. Alfredo Pereira along with three member of California province officially began their novitiate with a solemn ceremony of vistition. Rev. Fr. Mathew with a homily invited the members to pray for them. Rev. Fr. Archibald R. Gonsalves received the two members of our Province into Novitiate. Click here for more



 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast at Guardian Angels Church, Vancouver
The Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated with pomp and gaiety on 15th July at 7 pm in Guardian Angels Church - Vancouver. Bishop Gary Gordon of White Horse Diocese was the main celebrant. He invited people to celebrate this feast as members of the God's Garden of Carmel, with great devotion to Mother Mary, devotion to Holy Scapular and imitating her virtues of humility, obedience and contemplation. click here for more



 

The Project Title: Formation House of the Discalced Carmelites.
20 rooms self contained, suite size (350 sqft); with the intention of multi purpose Dining hall, chapel, library, lobby, laundry, meeting rooms etc. Time line- completion: 2015 June-July Permission Granted from Fraser Valley Development Authority
Architect: John Clarke Executive body: Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza, Mr. Francis Wong, Darrell Wickstrom (Helen's lawyer); Helen C. Tiampo
Start date: End of February 2014.
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EASTER VIGIL AND CELEBRATION AT GUARDIAN ANGELS CHURCH
Guardian Angels Parish Easter Vigil began with dinner to all the Volunteers who work at different sectors of the Parish. Then the celebration of the Vigil took place with the blessing of fire, lighting of Easter Candle, a procession and all that followed until the final wishes of a Happy Easter to all present.
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REV. FR. JOHN GRENNEN, DEFINITOR GENERAL'S VISIT TO VANCOUVER
Rev. Fr. John Grennen the Definitor General from Rome visited the Carmelite Community on 26th October at 3.30 pm with Rev. Fr. Paul Konig from California Province. Their short visit helped us understand the mind of Rev. Fr. General regarding our mission in Canada. He was very appreciative looking at the rapid progress of this region with a Formation House and with our 12 priests working in 7 parishes in 5 dioceses and in one major hospital in Canada. Rev. Fr. Grennen was impressed to know about the Formation House and the probable two Canadian vocations to our Carmelite community. As a part of his pastoral visitation he wrote his report in our Pastoral Visitation Book. He also visited St. Edmund’s Church and Fr. Jerald D’Souza explained the various programs he conducts for people and briefed him about the ongoing progress of the Secular Carmelites in Canada. Fr. Boniface D’Souza also spoke about his unique ministry at St. Paul’s Hospital which left Fr. Definitor amazed at the great work he is doing with the sick and old in the Archdiocese. The Definitor left for Seattle after a grand dinner at Empire building “CLOUD 9” restaurant at 49th Floor. Click here for the photographs


 

PERFECT GIFT FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH
The Title of the book: A SOWER WENT OUT TO SOW, DHYANAVANA PUBLICATIONS, BANGALORE 2012, pp. xii + 356
Author: Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Price: Rs. 200

The title of Father D’Souza’s volume with homilies for liturgical year C, A Sower Went Out To Sow, is taken from Jesus’ parable of the sower. His previous collection of homilies for liturgical year B, The Mustard Seed, was very well received, as these thought provoking homilies should likewise be. With his readable and friendly style and his use of striking examples, Father D’Souza is like the sower in Jesus’ parable. He wants the word of God to grow in his readers’ hearts, striving to overcome the many different obstacles in their way. Attuned to the “new methods” of the New Evangelization, the author engages his audience, so that they will bear abundant spiritual fruit.
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New Formation House in Canada - "The Little Flower"
The inauguration of the Formation House “THE LITTLE FLOWER” and the first foundation of the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province “CARMEL HILL” in Canada was held on 11th September 2012 at Benedictine Abbey (Mission – British Columbia) at 10 am with a Solemn concelebrated Holy Eucharistic Celebration by the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver along with Rev. Archibald R. Gonsalves, Provincial Superior and Rev. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD the Regional Superior and the other eleven Discalced Carmelite Friars working in different Dioceses of Canada. There were 21 priests present for the celebration with the Secular Carmelites and the parishioners of Guardian Angels Church and St. Edmond’s Church North Vancouver. After the Eucharistic Celebration the blessing of the Foundation Stone and blessing of the existing house was ceremoniously done by the Archbishop. A short felicitation program was arranged. Fr. Rudolf welcomed all and thanked each and every one for making this event a grand success. Rev. Archibald R. Gonsalves thanked the Archbishop for his enthusiasm in welcoming the Carmelites and granting them the permission to open this first Foundation house in Canada in his Archdiocese. The Archbishop in his address thanked the Carmelites and hoped that their presence would boost the spiritual life of people in his diocese through their prayer and contemplative spirit. He also thanked all the Carmelites including the Secular Carmelites for their valuable contribution to the Diocesan spiritual and pastoral life. The program ended with a sumptuous buffet arranged by the Critics’ Choice Caterers.  Click here for the photographs


 

Archbishop Michael Miller CSB's homily on the occasion of the inauguration of the Formation house THE LITTLE FLOWER at Carmel Hill.
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THE BLESSING OF
CARMEL HILL
FORMATION HOUSE
10789 North Deroche Road, Mission, BC
September 11, 2012

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LATEST PHOTOS OF THE RENOVATION OF THE BARN AT CARMEL HILL transformed into a hall that can accommodate 100 people.

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Feeding the homeless at CANADIAN CARMELITE CHARITABLE SOCIETY headquarters.
The Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society conducts a powerful and admirable sandwich and soup kitchen charitable program at 1161 Broughton Street - Vancouver BC - V6G 2B3; from Tuesday to Friday every week, reaching out to more than 300-500 poor and the homeless in the vicinity. A few Photos are available here of the work the Charitable Society does in benefit of the poor and homeless of the city of Vancouver. Click here for more


CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION FOR THE SENIORS AND FREE BOOKS DISTRIBUTION BY THE SOCIETY
The Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society has one of the objectives to achieve is free distribution of spiritual literature as per the teaching of the Catholic Church. Thousands of books in the past years have been distributed free of charge. We normally distribute books to the public and especially to senior citizens during Christmas and Summer season. This is a wonderful service to the society that can contribute to the spread of knowledge and help people gain wisdom. Normally these books are imported from India as printing costs are low. The society will continue its efforts at this direction with the donations received from the well wishers and benefactors. Click here for more


Our Projects

Seminary Project in Mysore, India

The charity has assisted in partial financing of an addition to a seminary in Mysore, India for the training of young men to the priesthood.


Vancouver West-End Sandwich Services

C.C.C.S. is handing out free sandwiches to between 300-500 of the poor in the past few months


Africa Mission

The charity has supported a village in Nigeria called Oforola, of a Catholic priest who is the pastor of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Surrey